Shuttles & Public Transit


Nelson to Spokane Winter Shuttle

Kootenay Gateway will offer custom shuttle services to and from the Spokane International Airport as per the land border re-opening. Beginning in December, and running throughout the ski season, usually until March, they will offer trips Nelson to Rossland to Spokane Airport Thursday through Sunday. Custom shuttles can be booked outside of scheduled times by contacting them directly.


West Kootenay Regional Transit — Public Bus System

The public transit system in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is convenient, inexpensive and reliable. Bus stops are located in easy to reach areas and run often. All regional buses are also bike-friendly, making this combination a handy alternative to driving. There is regular service within the city of Nelson, as well as service along Kootenay Lake all the way to Balfour. Exact schedules do change with the seasons, so check the official schedule for exact travel information.

BC Transit stops near the Castlegar Airport. The best way to find route times and pickup locations is through Google Maps and clicking on the Transit icon. 

Towards Balfour and the North Shore

The bus route travelling along Kootenay Lake toward Kaslo is called the “North Shore”. This route goes regularly between downtown Nelson at Ward Street and the Balfour Ferry, with several stops in between. Additional service to and from Kaslo is available. 

By Ferry

Holding the title as the longest free ferry ride in the world, The Kootenay Lake Ferry takes 35 minutes to cross from Balfour to Kootenay Bay. Different schedules apply for winter and summer months and the M.V Balfour also operates in the summer months to meet additional demand.

Taxi Service

Glacier Cab Company shuttles people to and from the Castlegar Airport, around Nelson and up and down Kootenay Lake. They can be reached at 250-354-1111.

Getting Here

We have lots information on borders, ferries, roads, airports, rideshare and distances between our region and yours. Check out our Getting Here page and if you have questions email 

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